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Common Issues With Car Paint, What Causes Them and How to Prevent Them

Auto paint issues are frustrating, because it's often difficult to pinpoint their cause after the fact. Learning about some common car paint issues and how to prevent them can help you safeguard your car's finish and keep it looking great.

Car Paint Care Tips

Delamination

Areas where the clear coat is peeling, or delaminating, can start out small but spread quickly. This issue can occur when incompatible paint products are used during a repair, or from exposure to the sun and elements. The best way to prevent delamination is to always park your car in a garage or shaded area.

Peeling

Auto paint is protected by a layer of clear coat, so it takes considerable wear or damage for it to peel. Most often, it's caused by a poor paint job or prolonged exposure to the sun. Dings and damage to the clear coat that exposes the underlying paint can also cause peeling. To prevent it, protect your car from the elements and have any finish damage repaired right away.

Rust

When moisture works its way into chipped areas in the paint, oxidation can cause rust. Having auto body repairs performed at a shop that doesn't use seam sealer or body cavity wax can cause rust problems too. To keep rust at bay, wash and wax the car often, park it out of the weather, and only use a reputable auto body shop for repairs.

Fading

As a car ages, the finish can start to look dull and faded. The UV rays of the sun are usually to blame, but debris and pollution are contributing factors as well. Regular washing and diligent waxing are critical to prevent fading, but it's also vital to avoid parking in the sun as much as possible.

Scratches

Flying road debris, tree branches or the open door of an adjacent car in a parking lot can cause ugly scratches on your car's finish. To prevent scratches, take extra care when driving through tight areas, and always park well away from other vehicles. 


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